Student for Global Democracy Uganda Internship Programme provides students with the opportunity to learn about SGD Uganda’s activities, to gain initial work experience, and/or gain knowledge on a broad range of democracy and governance areas and other disciplines. SGD Uganda provides on-the-job training to interns so that both they, and the Organization, can benefit. Furthermore, internships build links with academic institutions and universities. Each year, SGD Uganda welcomes hundreds of interns to work within SGD Uganda offices and also in community engagements. Interns are given assignments and responsibility commensurate with their academic and professional experience and are placed under the guidance of a supervisor.

Am I eligible for an internship at SGD Uganda?

Applicants to the SGD Uganda internship programme must, at the time of application, meet one of the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in the final academic year of a university degree programme (minimum Bachelor’s level or equivalent); or
  • Be enrolled in a graduate degree programme (second university degree or equivalent, or higher); or
  • Have graduated with a university or graduate degree and, if selected, must commence the internship within one-year of graduation; or
  • Be sponsored by a governmental/non-governmental institution and/or academic institution to work in a specific area relevant to both SGD Uganda and the sponsor institution.

All interns must be between 19 and 36 years of age (average age is 26). Furthermore, interns should have a working knowledge (both oral and written) of at least one of SGD Uganda’s official languages (English, French or Spanish).

What is the duration of an internship?

SGD Uganda internships are flexible in nature and depend on the interests of both the intern and the SGD Uganda Office, and last from two to six months in duration (preference is for interns who can commit to at least six months), with a maximum duration of nine months.

Do I get paid for an internship?

While the majority of interns receive a small facilitation fee, which is a monetary stipend to partially cover food and transport, there are a few exceptions. For example, if SGD Uganda has an agreement with a university to provide internship assignments to its students as part of their coursework or when an intern is provided with funding/scholarship through their university, government or other institution. In exceptional cases, the Human Resources Officer can waive the facilitation fee for interns who reside locally.

Will I be supported on visa and travel requests?

It is the responsibility of interns or their sponsoring institution to arrange for travel to and from the duty station upon commencement and conclusion of the internship. All related travel expenses, including visas, will be paid by the intern or sponsoring institution. SGD Uganda does not cover the cost of travel or visas; however, the office can prepare a visa support letter to facilitate the acquisition of a visa.

Will I get a job afterward?

SGD Uganda evaluates interns who may eventually be considered for future staff vacancies and/or short-term assignments. In general, interns are considered external candidates and can apply for vacancies that are open to external candidates during and after their assignment. Interns should view this as a learning experience rather than the means to secure a job with SGD Uganda. This type of experience will look good on their CV or resume, which will be useful in their future job search.


  • There is no specific time of the year for sending your application for an internship. As mentioned, please feel free to register by submitting your internship application at:
  • If you were granted (or may be granted) a scholarship or your internship is a mandatory requirement for completing your studies, you should specify this in your cover letter, as well as the exact dates of the proposed internship. Remember to attach a letter from your sponsor or university confirming the purpose of the assignment, as well as the amount of your grant.